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Monday, November 15, 2010

Jay Adelson, the recent CEO of Digg, will serve as the new CEO of SimpleGeo. That company, is seems, will be a data indexer and finally launch this fall. Its goal will be “to build and index all kinds of public and private geospatial data and make access as easy as possible.”

- RWW
- Matt Gilligan (SG founder) Blog
- SimpleGeo Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 04:43 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri’s press release on the release dated 11/15 notes the license: Apache 2.0 license. That is indeed an open source license (see list). I’m glad this all worked out!

- press release

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by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 04:26 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“At the Northeast Arc Users Group meeting on 09 November 2010, Lyn Malone was given the Thacher Award, NEARC’s award for a person who dramatically advances the cause of GIS in the NEARC community.” I just met her at the GIS Educators Day (look for my write up at Directions Magazine in a week) but she put on a great edu event!

- Esri GIS Education Blog

“Baroness Joan Hanham CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has launched a brand new service to help improve the teaching of geography in schools with Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive of national mapping agency Ordnance Survey.” Basically, the OS is extending a program that already exists for colleges and universities to schools.

- press release

Portland, CT high school students who are part of the Town Tech program meet for 45-minute classes each school day to learn about, well tech including how GPS is used in construction. They film town meetings, create a monthly public access TV show called, “Portland on the Move,” produce the town’s annual report and build websites for local organizations and businesses.  The 19 year old program even has alums coming back from college to help students get their hands dirty.

- Courant

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 08:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Fort Frances (Ontario, Canada) now has its GIS up and running and open the public via this notice website. Note that a login/pw is required and is listed on that page. It’s a GeoCortex site.

- Fort Frances Times

Hillsborough, NJ has a new Web GIS contract for $75,485 for a five-year period. The Mayor says that saves taxpayers $100,000, The current system is “$36,000 per year or $180,000 for five years for the Web-based system. Township officials, he said, sought to reduce those costs through a competitive bid process and succeeded.” The new contract is with Matawan-based Maser Consulting; the old one was with Jungle Laser.

- My Central NJ

The U.S. Census Bureau’s data is already being used to rearrange cities and towns. To date Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, were separate urban areas (Census definition: areas with density higher that 1000 people per sq mile.) But now, the area between them has reached that density, moving the Census to propose uniting the two for use in federal transportation and transit funding. And, yes GIS found the change.

- Times News

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 06:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

"Foursquare Labs Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dennis Crowley said the company is focused on increasing user numbers for now, rather than generating sales, as it confronts competition from Facebook Inc." Users number 4 million plus.

- Bloomberg News

Justin Shaffer, the Facebook product manager who redid Facebook's Groups, is taking over Facebook Places. He was the founder of LBS startup Hot Potato, which Facebook acquired earlier this year.

The existing head of Places, Michael Sharon will join the mobile team. He was co-founder of Socialight.

- C|net

Remember how Microsoft made a big deal about its Bing Map Food Truck (Portland, OR) map? Now Zagat has one, but for now it's only for NYC - and its built on Google Maps.

- Organic Authority

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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